Yongjoosa is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. It is located in on the slopes of Hwasan in Taean-eup, Hwaseong, in the province of Gyeonggi, South Korea. The temple's name means "dragon jewel temple."For Yongjusa Temple and beyond, use our Hwaseong journey planner to get the most from your Hwaseong vacation.
Two large bells in the temple are believed to date to the Unified Silla period. One of them, the "Bell of Yongjoosa", is designated national treasure 120.
The temple was initially established in 854 AD, under the name Garyangsa. It was expanded in the 10th century. It was rebuilt in the late 18th century under the orders of Jeongjo in honor of his deceased father, Prince Sado. This is one of few cases where the Joseon royal house supported Buddhism directly. At this time the temple changed to its current name.
The temple is located near Seoul Subway Line 1, and is also connected to Suwon by intercity bus.
Great Temple Steeped in the Filial Piety of King Jeongjo
Yongjoosa was established in 854 under the name Garyangsa by Yeomgeo Hwasang, the Second Patriarch of the Gajisan School after National Preceptor Doui Guksa. During the reign of Goryeo’s King Gwangjong, it is recorded that National Preceptor Hyegeo Guksa resided here to pray for the welfare of the state. Garyangsa was burnt down during the Manchu invasion of Korea .
Yongjusa Temple Reviews
I visited here at the recommendation of my hotel. The place is an outstanding cultural center. This Buddhist temple is still being used as a place of worship today. There is also plenty of history to.... more »
Go where the locals go! Authentic place that doesn't feel touristy. Coincided with Vesak weekend and got to make some donations and write our names on roof tiles to be used for refurbishing the... more »
Beautiful calm place. It was bigger then I expected. Many people were praying there so it felt kind of strange to take photos. Just take a walk across the place a listen to the prayers. Entrance fee is 1500 won.
It is very quiet place. Entry ticket for this temple is 1000 won. Place is good to offer prayers to Budda. Place has good flowers. We can spend around 1 hour.
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